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China launches first public-welfare mini satellite

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:21 am via: RIA Novosti
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China has put into orbit its first public-welfare mini satellite, Chinese official news agency Xinhua reported.

A Long March-4C carrier rocket carrying China's remote sensing satellite "Yaogan VIII" blasts off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan. Credit: Xinhua/Li Gang

A Long March-4C carrier rocket carrying China's remote sensing satellite "Yaogan VIII" blasts off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan. Credit: Xinhua/Li Gang

Hope I was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province along with a remote-sensing satellite Yaogan VIII both on board a Long March 4C carrier rocket.

The satellite will be used by students in China to study and experience aerospace science and technology.

China plans to send a manned mission to the Moon by 2020 and subsequently build a lunar base to send missions to other planets in the Solar System, such as Mars. By 2050, China plans to develop and launch a research probe outside the Solar System.

A Chinese astronaut conducted the country’s first spacewalk in September 2008, making China the third country in the world after Russia and the United States to send a man into open space.

© RIA Novosti, 2009

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